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Special Video Report:

Writers Speak to Kids

Courtesy:NBC Learn

Back by popular demand the NBC Learn special collection of children's book authors sharing their writing experience to help students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.

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Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley, author of two children's book series, "The Sisters Grimm" and "N.E.R.D.S," discusses inspiration, his favorite place to write, and what "cliff hangering" is. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Amy Ignatow

Amy Ignatow, author and illustrator of the series "The Popularity Papers," discusses inspiration, how she creates characters, and her writing and drawing process. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Nick Bruel

Nick Bruel, author and illustrator of the "Bad Kitty" series, discusses how he knew he wanted to be a writer and what he likes best about writing picture books. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Rebecca Stead

Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of "When You Reach Me," discusses a unique way for young writers to find inspiration and how to develop a good story. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Peter Brown

Peter Brown, author and illustrator of "The Curious Garden" and "Children Make Terrible Pets," discusses how he creates characters and how illustrations help him tell his stories. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin, author of "Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type" and "The Trouble with Chickens," discusses how she creates characters, her writing process, and how to tackle writer's block. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney, author and illustrator of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series discusses his writing process and how he creates characters. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk, author of the picture book "Library Mouse," discusses how he creates characters, how he starts a story, and the importance of revision. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Mo Willems

Mo Willems, author and illustrator of "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!" and "Knuffle Bunny," discusses where he gets ideas for his books, his writing process, and how he illustrates. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Judy Schachner

Judy Schachner, author of "Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Ole," discusses her writing process, what she likes best about writing, and her advice for young writers. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson, co-author of the "Peter and the Starcatchers" series, discusses how he creates characters, and gives important advice on how to improve writing. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, author of several award-winning books for children and young adults, discusses the importance of characters and how she goes about creating them. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman, author of many books, including the "Swindle" series and the "Titanic" series, discusses the narrator's voice and how dialogue can help to create a character. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series, "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Clare Vanderpool

Clare Vanderpool, Newbery Medal-winning author of "Moon Over Manifest," discusses the inspiration for that book and her writing process, and offers advice to young writers. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Douglas Florian

Douglas Florian, author and illustrator of many children's poetry books, discusses what makes a good poem, how he plays with words, and what he likes best about writing. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Laura Vaccaro Seeger, author and illustrator of the "Dog and Bear" series and "Green," discusses how she creates illustrations and characters, and offers advice to young writers. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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Philip C. Stead

Philip C. Stead, author of the award-winning book "A Sick Day for Amos McGee," discusses the inspiration for that book and his journey to becoming an author and illustrator. This video is part of the NBC Learn original series "Writers Speak to Kids."

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